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Early Childhood A.A.S.

Preparation for a successful career teaching young children.

With your Early Childhood A.A.S. from Herkimer College, you’ll be prepared to create a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment with a developmentally-appropriate curricula; observe and document developmental progress; and facilitate home-center communication.

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Kristy Wallace loves building a positive rapport with all of her students. “It makes learning enjoyable and helps with classroom management,” Wallace says.  “I also love that I am able to give back to the youth of my community and provide them with the knowledge that they will need outside of school.”

Wallace is a senior at Utica College and works as a teacher’s aide at UCP.   As a student teacher, she plans lessons based on Common Core and the needs of her students. Wallace ensures she creates a safe learning environment for her students by always making them feel welcomed and cared for.

“My experience at Herkimer will be something that I will always treasure,” Wallace says. “My professors always made themselves available to help with anything I needed.” She also remembers Professor Kelley fondly.  “She taught me more than just how to plan lessons; she taught me what the true meaning of teaching is.”


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Early Childhood A.A.S.

Transfer Agreements

Below is a list of transfer agreements we have established (for our Early Childhood A.A.S. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits.

Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk.*

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities await

  • Teacher Assistant
  • Child Day Care Center Teacher
  • Teacher in Preschools, Head Start programs and a variety of other early childhood facilities.


Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience. Learn about our cost of attendance and financial aid.

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Prior Felony Disclaimer

Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Criminal History

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, read the Policy Regarding Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Felony Conviction.